Clementina Walkinshaw, 1720 - 1802
Clementina Maria Sophia Walkinshaw was the daughter of John Walkinshaw of Barrowfield by his wife Catherine Paterson, daughter of Sir Hugh Paterson of Bannockburn. Both of Clementina's parents were of good Jacobite stock; her father who was one of the old Scottish manorial barons, tracing decent from the hereditary Foresters of the High Steward of Scotland in Renfrewshire, had been out for King James in 1715, and her maternal relatives, the Paterson's and Erskine's, were equally staunch adherents of the House of Stuart. It is believed she was born in Rome.
The Life and Adventures of Prince Charles Edward Stuart by W. Drummond Norie, London, 1900 and Tales of the Century by the Sobieski Stuarts from Rede's Anecdotes, London, 1799
On 19 January 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie went to the house of Sir Hugh Paterson at Bannockburn where Clementina was also staying. The Prince developed a feverish cold and during the illness was nursed back to health by Clementina. According to Lord Elcho it was during this period that she became the mistress of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It would appear that he was slightly distracted at this point for in a letter on 23 January to Lord George Murray, he wrote:
"I was just ready to get on horseback in order to make you a visit but have been over-persuaded to let it alone by people who are continuously teasing me with my cold."
Bonnie Prince Charlie by Fitzroy Maclean, page 168, published by Buttler and Tanner Ltd., London
During the year 1753 Clementina gave birth to a daughter, who was baptized by the name Charlotte on 29th October of the same year, in the Church of Notra Dame des Fonts (Leige). The baptism was not registered until twenty-five years later. Three weeks after the christening Charles was in a furious temper with Clementina over the question of religion. Possibly Clementina had insisted on having the child baptized into the church of Rome against the wishes of Prince Charles. This was the beginning of the end of their relationship. Charles could not marry Clementina and while being in association with her, marriage (to anyone else) was out of the question.
Sometime between 1759 & 1752 Charles learnt that Clementina Walkinshaw had been admitted a member of a Chapter of Canonesses in Flanders. It is believed that her motive for coming to Flanders was to renew her acquaintance with her princely lover. She received an invitation to meet Prince Charles in Paris. At the outset Charles appears to have lived in the most affectionate term with his new mistress. But this happy state of affairs did not last. He was no longer the same debonair, high-spirited, warm-hearted lad who had charmed and fascinated the susceptible Clementina in 1746. He had grown morose, peevish, suspicious and at times, especially after he had taken more strong drink than was good for him, he lost all control over his passions and became not a "dear wild man", as Edgar sometimes called him, but a very cruel and heartless one. After a short stay in Paris the Prince and Clementina moved to Liege where they lived together as Comte and Comtesse Johnstone.
There was some suspicion on the part of the Jacobites as regards Clementina as they thought she might well be passing on information to the British government. There suspicious seem to have been groundless but arose from the fact that Catherine Walkinshaw (her sister) was bed-chamber woman to the titular Princess of Wales at Leicester House.
Abridged from the Life and Adventures of Prince Charles Edward Stuart by W. Drummond Norie
Apart from their acknowledged daughter, Charlotte, Clementina and Prince Charles had a son who died in infancy. There was speculation that another daughter was born to the couple but there is no corroboration to substantiate the birth. Little is known of Clementina Walkinshaw between 1746 & 1752.
They lived together for eight years until increasing verbal and physical abuse forced her to run away taking their young daughter Charlotte with her. Although Charlotte was later reconciled with her father and lived with him for the last years of his life, her parents never met again. Clementine Walkinshaw outlived both Charles and her daughter, dying in genteel poverty in Switzerland in 1802.
Damn' Rebel Bitches, The Women of the '45, by Maggie Craig, Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh and London, 1997, page 71
Letter from Clementina Walkinshaw to Bonnie Prince Charlie 22nd July 1760.
"I quit(e) my dearest prince with the greatest regret and shall always be miserable if I don't hear of his welfair and happiness. May God Almighty bless and preserve him and prospere all his undertakings which is the ernest wish of one how will be till Death, my dearest prince."